Helping youth live healthy lives with character: Assessing the effectiveness of a multifaceted program designed for the prevention of childhood obesity in Charlotte, North Carolina
Methods: CCFY and their academic partners created a conceptual framework that informed program goals, objectives, and indicators. The program was pilot tested during a formative phase within a small group of children. During this phase, assessment tools and a database were developed using EpiInfo 7. The pilot program was followed by a 20-month implementation phase during which the program was expanded to include more children using revised educational materials and data collection tools.
Results: A total of 81 children (51.9% male, 48.1% female) participated in the implementation phase. At baseline, 20.4% and 27.5% of children were overweight and obese, respectively and only 55% of the children had ever participated in a cross-country race. We expect follow-up data to show improvments in nutrition and physical activity knowledge and behaviors and nearly 100% cross-country race participation.
Conclusions: Academic partnerships can improve in-house capacity for program monitoring and evaluation and help build long-term sustainability.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Evaluate the effectiveness of a childhood obesity prevention program among children in North Carolina. Demonstrate the benefits of community-based organizations developing in-house monitoring and evaluation methods including a conceptual framework, data management, and analytical tools Discuss any advantages/challenges in academic community-based partnerships
Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Physical Activity
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